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2017 Antitrust Outlook – A Year of Uncertainty

We expect that this year’s antitrust outlook will continue to carry a degree of uncertainty, whether in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere. Our next two posts will cover some of the causes of present...more

EU Antitrust Continuity Potentially Threatened by Brexit

Our second antitrust outlook-focused post reflects on how we expect 2017 to continue to shape up as a year in which competition policy and enforcement will face increased uncertainty and complexity, specifically with respect...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Crosses $80 Million Mark

On January 26, 2017, the FTC published the latest annual adjustments to the statutory thresholds under both the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15...more

FTC Again Finds Success in High-Profile Hospital Merger Appeal

For the second time in recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prevailed in its challenge of a high-profile hospital merger. This time, the appeal stemmed from a June 14, 2016, order by Judge Jorge Alonso of the...more

FTC Finds Success in High-Profile Hospital Merger Appeal

Many of our readers will recall the decision from Judge John Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania earlier this year, denying the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion to enjoin 551-bed Penn State Milton S....more

Judge Allows Advocate-NorthShore Merger to Proceed; FTC May Appeal

For the second time in just over a month, a federal judge has denied a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) motion to enjoin the merger of two hospital systems, this time the 13-hospital Advocate Health Care and the 4-hospital...more

Federal Judge Refuses FTC Request to Block Hershey/Pinnacle Deal; FTC to Appeal

Hospitals and other providers who have been tracking Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice Antitrust Division hospital merger challenges over the last several years will want to take note of the federal...more

Annual Adjustments to Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

The annually adjusted thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) were published in the Federal Register on January 26,...more

Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) was enacted in 1982 to help achieve clarity in the application of U.S antitrust laws to international trade. More than 30 years since that effort, the FTAIA has not...more

Takeaways From the FTC/DOJ Workshop on Health Care Competition

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division held their second public workshop on health care competition on February 24-25, 2015. The workshop is part of the FTC and DOJ’s commitment to...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds Ratchet Up

Revised thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) were published in the Federal Register on January 21, 2015. The...more

Commission Tightens Rules of Exemption Under the EU De Minimis Safe Harbor

On June 25, 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted revised rules on agreements of minor importance which do not appreciably restrict competition (the so-called “De Minimis Notice”) and providing a safe harbor from...more

District Court Upholds FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules for Pharmaceutical Patent Transfers

A federal court has upheld the validity of the FTC’s recent rules for reporting certain transfers of exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements (“HSR”) Act. We...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Increase Further Due to Annual Indexing

Revised thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) were published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2014. The thresholds are adjusted annually based upon changes in...more

New FTC Rules for Exclusive Pharmaceutical Patent Licenses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued final rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) relating to the transfer of exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry. These new...more

Supreme Court Game-Changer: Rule of Reason Applies to ANDA Reverse Payment Settlements

In Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., No. 12-416, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4545 (U.S. June 17, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Eleventh Circuit decision in FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 677 F.3d 1298 (2012),...more

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling in Hospital Merger Case on Scope of State Action Immunity

On February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a local hospital authority’s acquisition of a hospital in Georgia was not immunized from the antitrust laws under the state action doctrine. In doing so, the...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Rise Further Due to Annual Indexing

Revised thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) were published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2013. The thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in...more

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